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Unified Cloud by Microsoft. Unified Threat Management by WatchGuard.

This post is by Roger Klorese, director of product management at WatchGuard.

1+1=3.

No, I didn’t flunk second-grade math. I’m talking about the phenomenon that when you put good things together, you can get great things – a sum that is more than its parts.

The WatchGuard XTM solution for Unified Threat Management is a great example of this: when you take multiple best-of-breed security solutions and unify them behind a single policy engine and management console, you get a defense-in-depth approach to protection that’s even better.

The same phenomenon holds with cloud computing platforms: using Microsoft Hyper-V (in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012) enables IT organizations to deploy powerful, flexible private clouds. And Windows Azure services are the key for more businesses to leverage public cloud infrastructure. By unifying them – building a hybrid cloud – businesses can combine on-premise control with dynamic capacity and agility.

Today we get to announce a true first (the lawyers even checked): the first Unified Threat Management solution for the Windows Azure Cloud Platform.

All WatchGuard XTM security appliances (both hardware devices and XTMv virtual devices) now offer full support for secure VPN access to the Windows Azure Virtual Network service. Businesses can create secure VPN tunnels linking on-premise networks and cloud environments.

Windows Azure is one of the top cloud infrastructures out there. Earlier in 2013, Microsoft announced that half of the Fortune 500 had deployed Windows Azure services into their organizations. The inclusion of WatchGuard’s virtual UTM offerings can enable businesses of any size to utilize this public cloud infrastructure with the security and peace of mind of a global leader in information security platforms.

WatchGuard is unique delivering powerful threat prevention for network, email, web and content across any combination of cloud, network and virtualized environment.

What will combining the 1+1=3 value propositions of the Microsoft hybrid cloud and WatchGuard XTM security do for you? Do the math.

Interested in building a hybrid cloud? Contact us or head over to the Windows Azure page to learn more. Or if you’re already an Azure user, here’s how to connect remotely.